Patents by Inventor Clayton Garrels

Clayton Garrels has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200157792
    Abstract: A chemical dispensing system for a toilet that includes a container configured to contain a chemical compound that mixes with water to form a cleaning compound; a bracket coupled to the container; a threaded protrusion that extends from the bracket and is configured to extend through a hole in an inside of the sidewall of the toilet; and a fastener having a threaded body and a head, which is larger radially than the threaded body such that the head is configured to contact an outside of the sidewall in a secured position in which the threaded body threads to the threaded protrusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: William Kuru, Clayton Garrels, Peter W. Denzin
  • Patent number: 10544574
    Abstract: A toilet that includes a bowl; a tank having a sidewall and a bottom defining a reservoir; a container located inside the reservoir and configured to contain a chemical compound that mixes with water to form a cleaning compound; a connector for coupling the container to the sidewall; and a flush valve. The connector has a bracket coupled to the container, a threaded protrusion that extends from the bracket into a hole in the sidewall of the tank, and a threaded fastener having a threaded body and a head, which is larger radially than the threaded body such that the head contacts an outside of the sidewall in a secured position in which the threaded body threads to the threaded protrusion. The flush valve is fluidly connected to the container to introduce the cleaning compound into the bowl through an outlet in the bottom during a cleaning cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: William Kuru, Clayton Garrels, Peter W. Denzin
  • Publication number: 20200002930
    Abstract: A toilet that includes a tank configured to hold water from a water supply; a reservoir fluidly connected to the tank and configured to hold a cleaning compound comprising a chemical compound and water from the water supply; and an actuator configured to control a flush cycle of the toilet upon a first activation, the actuator including at least one nozzle fluidly connected to the reservoir and configured to discharge an amount of the cleaning compound external to the tank upon at least one of the first activation or a second activation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Michael LUETTGEN, William Kuru, Clayton Garrels, Peter W. Denzin
  • Publication number: 20190368178
    Abstract: A toilet that includes a bowl; a tank having a sidewall and a bottom defining a reservoir; a container located inside the reservoir and configured to contain a chemical compound that mixes with water to form a cleaning compound; a connector for coupling the container to the sidewall; and a flush valve. The connector has a bracket coupled to the container, a threaded protrusion that extends from the bracket into a hole in the sidewall of the tank, and a threaded fastener having a threaded body and a head, which is larger radially than the threaded body such that the head contacts an outside of the sidewall in a secured position in which the threaded body threads to the threaded protrusion. The flush valve is fluidly connected to the container to introduce the cleaning compound into the bowl through an outlet in the bottom during a cleaning cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: William Kuru, Clayton Garrels, Peter W. Denzin
  • Patent number: 10450733
    Abstract: A toilet that includes a water tank having a vent hole; a bowl; and a system having a valve body connecting the tank and a fluid channel; a housing moveable relative to the valve body during a flush cycle to pass water from the tank into the bowl through the fluid channel, the housing having a bore that connects with the fluid channel; a fan in the bore that operates in first and second modes; a motor in the bore for rotating the fan in each mode; and a vent having an inlet fluidly connected with the bore and an outlet fluidly connected with the vent hole. In the first mode, the fan moves air from the bowl to the vent hole through the bore and vent; and in the second mode, the fan moves air from outside the tank to the bowl through the vent hole and bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Michael Luettgen, William Kuru, Clayton Garrels, Peter Denzin
  • Publication number: 20190257064
    Abstract: A toilet that includes a bowl; a tank having a sidewall and a bottom defining a reservoir; a container located inside the reservoir and configured to contain a chemical compound that mixes with water to form a cleaning compound; a connector for coupling the container to the sidewall; and a flush valve. The connector has a bracket coupled to the container, a threaded protrusion that extends from the bracket into a hole in the sidewall of the tank, and a threaded fastener having a threaded body and a head, which is larger radially than the threaded body such that the head contacts an outside of the sidewall in a secured position in which the threaded body threads to the threaded protrusion. The flush valve is fluidly connected to the container to introduce the cleaning compound into the bowl through an outlet in the bottom during a cleaning cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: William Kuru, Clayton Garrels, Peter W. Denzin
  • Publication number: 20190203453
    Abstract: A trip lever assembly for a toilet includes a body and an infrared sensor. The body is configured to be mechanically coupled to a flush valve assembly of the toilet. The infrared sensor is coupled to the body, and is configured to be electrically coupled to the flush valve assembly. The body is configured to be manually actuated to control the flush valve assembly. The infrared sensor is a time-of-flight sensor configured to detect the distance of an object in a detection region of the infrared sensor to control the flush valve assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: John Lipinski, Clayton Garrels, Timothy Waack
  • Publication number: 20190063054
    Abstract: A toilet that includes a water tank having a vent hole; a bowl; and a system having a valve body connecting the tank and a fluid channel; a housing moveable relative to the valve body during a flush cycle to pass water from the tank into the bowl through the fluid channel, the housing having a bore that connects with the fluid channel; a fan in the bore that operates in first and second modes; a motor in the bore for rotating the fan in each mode; and a vent having an inlet fluidly connected with the bore and an outlet fluidly connected with the vent hole. In the first mode, the fan moves air from the bowl to the vent hole through the bore and vent; and in the second mode, the fan moves air from outside the tank to the bowl through the vent hole and bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Luettgen, William Kuru, Clayton Garrels, Peter Denzin
  • Publication number: 20170058500
    Abstract: A toilet that includes a bowl, a tank configured to hold water, and a flush valve within the tank. The flush valve includes a valve body fluidly connecting the tank and the bowl, a float moveable relative to the valve body to open and close the flush valve, and a guide member coupled to the valve body for guiding movement of the float, where the guide member includes a chamber that is configured to hold a cleaning compound including a chemical compound and water. The cleaning compound is configured to be dispensed into the bowl through the valve body with the flush valve open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Clayton Garrels, Michael Luettgen, William Kuru, Peter W. Denzin
  • Patent number: D672017
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Clayton Garrels
  • Patent number: D678487
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Clayton Garrels
  • Patent number: D719965
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Weerasak Taingtae, Robert Giese, Clayton Garrels, Roque Corpuz, Jr., Mary Reid
  • Patent number: D754704
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Weerasak Taingtae, Robert Giese, Clayton Garrels, Roque Corpuz, Jr., Mary Reid
  • Patent number: D812730
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Clayton Garrels, Adam Moller
  • Patent number: D819792
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Clayton Garrels, Carlos Uceda
  • Patent number: D823446
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Clayton Garrels, Adam Moller
  • Patent number: D823995
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Clayton Garrels, Carlos Uceda
  • Patent number: D824005
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Clayton Garrels, Adam Moller